Things to do…
Dawes Arboretum - Ohio 13, three miles north of I-70.
Little Buckeye Imagination Sessions – Wednesdays through August at 2 p.m. Learn with a group as the creative educators at The Dawes Arboretum bring children closer to the wonders of the natural world. Subjects include trees, flowers, weather and many creatures great and small. An assortment of fun pursuits are always in store with songs, activities, games, crafts and sometimes real animal visitors. Free at Visitors Center deck.
Insect Safari Night Hike – Friday, July 20 from 9 – 11 p.m. Attend a short indoor program on nighttime insects and then go on a “safari” to look and listen for these creatures! Meet at Vistors Center; $5/members free.
Tried & True Pruning Series: Pruning Conifers – Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. to noon. To keep The Dawes Arboretum looking great, a LOT of pruning is involved. Take advantage of the skill and knowledge our expert horticulturists have to share in this intensive hands-on pruning series. Classes are open to all levels of experience. Love conifers and want to knowhow to care for them? Curator of Conifers Jeff Bowman takes participants to the Conifer Glen for outdoor experience. This is a very hands-on class featuring the proper methods for pruning different conifers in the landscape. Please dress comfortably for the weather. Meet at Visitors Center; $15/$10 for members.
The grounds are open from dawn to dusk. The Visitors Center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays and holidays. For more information visit www.dawes arb.org
Queen of the Lake Public Tours - Buckeye Lake. Enjoy a relaxing and interesting tour of Buckeye Lake at 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday aboard the Queen of the Lake II. Board at the North Shore boat ramp in the Village of Buckeye Lake, just off I-70. $10 per person. For more information visitwww.buckeyelakehistory.org or call 749-929-1998.
Farmers Market - Baltimore. Enjoy farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, crafts and more from 4 - 7 p.m. on Fridays now thru Oct. 5 at old Basil Firehouse at the corner of West Market and North High streets. For more information visit www.baltimorefarmmarket.com
Farmers Market - Buckeye Lake. Find local produce, crafts and more from 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the Buckeye Lake Goodwill store parking lot.
Crusin’ on the Commons - Millersport. The monthly show returns to Millersport Lions Park from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, July 20. Registration is 5-7 p.m. Cars, trucks, motorcycles are welcome. Door prizes, 50:50 and trivia games.
Drawing for Teens - Buckeye Lake. Join Russell Merritt at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, at the Buckeye Lake Library. Session is for teens in grades 6-12.
Central Ohio Astronomical Society - William C Kraner Nature Center, Newark. Join the members of COAS at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, as they discuss the latest news in astronomy. They’ll have telescopes set up for star gazing, weather permitting. FREE!
Monarch Butterflies - William C Kraner Nature Center, Newark. In partnership with the Licking Park District join Mrs. Van at 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 22, as we study the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly and teach you how you can raise your very own. We’ll head out to try to capture and tag some adults and look for eggs too! FREE!
COTC Rapid Registration – Newark. Save $20 and get it done in one evening. The one-stop, dropin enrollment event runs from 5-10 p.m. on Wednesday, July 25, at at the Gateway in Hopewell Hall on the COTC Newark Campus. Participants can meet with a Gateway advisor, complete a placement assessment, meet with a financial aid advisor and register for classes- all in one evening. Attendees should plan on three hours to complete the entire process. Registration will be available for classes at all COTC campuses - Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala - as well as online classes. The event is free and open to all. Drop-ins are welcome but RSVP is encouraged. Call 740.366.9222 to RSVP or for additional information. For more information about COTC, visit www.cotc.edu
Doughty Valley Steam Days - Charm, Ohio. It’s the 12th Annual Reunion July 26-28 at 5023 Ohio 557, north of Charm. Daily activities include tractor dyno, threshing, corn sheller, grinders, shingle mill, baling, mini baler and saw mill. Gate opens 7 a.m. daily with demonstrations beginning at 9 a.m. Steam engine games and tug of war at 6 p.m. on Friday, followed by Sundown Spark Show. Steam engines, tractors, hit-n-miss engines plus flea market and great food. Admission is $4 with 12 & under FREE.
Teen Video Game Night & Pizza Party - Buckeye Lake. Come to the Buckeye Lake Library from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, to play Kinect for XBOX 360 or the Wii and enjoy pizza from the Pizza Cottage.For teens in grades 6-12.
Licking County Historic Jail Tour – Newark. In collaboration with the Downtown Newark Association Final Friday event on July 27, the Licking County Historic Jail located at 46 South 3rd Street will open its doors for the first time to the public since 2005. From 4 - 8 p.m., visitors can step back in time by touring the jail’s matron’s quarters and two floors of prisoner cells as well as receiving their own souvenir (photo) mug shots.
Jail doors opened to its first offenders in November of 1889 and the cells were occupied for the last time in 1987. The jail housed murderers, drunkards and even adulterers, and served as the county’s primary lockup for more than 100 years. In 2010, the Licking County Commissioners allowed several paranormal groups to explore the building. There is unexplained activity and two paranormal investigators have recorded voices of the dead “living” in the jail. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and free to children under 12.
Take The Lake - Buckeye Lake. New Life Pentecostal Church is hosting the second annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Play begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, at Ryan-Braden Park in Buckeye Lake. For more information call Jacob Foulk at 740-403-1535.
Cool Jazz - Columbus Zoo. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and the Jazz Arts Group team up to heat up the summer with some cool jazz during the JazZoo Concert Series. All concerts feature Artistic Director Byron Stripling and the Columbus Jazz Orchestra at Water’s Edge Events Park. Seating opens at 6:30 p.m. with the concerts starting at 8 p.m.
July 20 - Ray Charles and the Legends of Soul. Join the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and special guest Phil Clark for the sweet sounds of Ray’s classic songs and legendary figures of soul.
General adult admission (which includes Zoo admission for the day) is $29, or purchase your tickets the day of the concert at the Zoo entrance for $35. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Zoo at (614) 724-3485.